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About Canadian Immigration Plan

Immigration has long been used to support economic and demographic growth, as well as cultural diversity, in Canada. Millions of immigrants choose to settle in Canada and embark on a new chapter in their life. Regardless of how they arrived in Canada, everyone contributes meaningfully to the Canadian economy and the growth of various industries. Immigration has aided in the development of the country.

Thus, considering immigration an important aspect of Canadian growth, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, published a revised Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2023–2025 on November 1, 2022. The plan was prepared by taking into account important labour market shortages that are causing concern for Canadian businesses and workers.

Count of Invitations for 2023 - 2025

According to the Immigration and Canada’s Economic Recovery report (by IRCC), more than 405,000 new permanent residents were welcomed to Canada in 2021, and now with the new Immigration Levels Plan for 2023–2025, the Canadian government established a target to call:

  • In year 2023: 465,000 permanent residents (earlier 447,055 Permanent Residents)
  • In year 2024: 485,000 permanent residents (earlier 451,000 Permanent Residents), and
  • In year 2025: 500,000 permanent residents

The plan supports businesses in recruiting employees and attract the skills required in important areas like as health care, skilled trades, manufacturing, and technology to address the social and economic challenges that Canada will confront in the next decades.

Additionally, considering the value of skilled immigrants to the Canadian economy, culture, and population growth, the Canada aimed to call more than 60% of immigrants through economic immigration programs by 2025.

Other Major Announcements

The government of Canada also made some major announcements:

  • From year 2023, IRCC will use new features in the Express Entry system to welcome newcomers with the required skills and qualifications in sectors facing acute labour shortages such as, health care, manufacturing, building trades and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
  • Through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIPP), and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, IRCC will expand regional programs to address local labour market requirements (RNIP).
  • Reuniting more families faster
  • It will be ensured that at least 4.4% of new permanent residents outside Quebec are Francophone
  • Considering global crises and aiming to providing a safe haven to those facing persecution, IRCC will expand the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot.

Canada’s PR Immigration Levels Plan

Detailed information related to the minimum and maximum count of invitations under each pathway for the years 2023–2025 published by IRCC is as follows:.

Canadian Immigration Plan (2023 - 2025)
Immigrant CategoryTargetLow RangeHigh RangeTargetLow RangeHigh RangeTargetLow RangeHigh Range
Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions465,000410,000505,000485,000430,000542,500500,000442,500550,000
Economic Immigration
Federal High Skilled82,88067,75088,000109,02089,500115,750114,00093,500121,000
Provincial Nominee Program105,50091,000110,000110,000105,500120,000117,500112,000129,250
Federal Business3,5002,3504,0005,0003,5007,0006,0004,0008,000
Economic Pilots: Caregivers OR Agri-Food Pilot Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot OR Economic Mobility Pathways Project8,5004,65010,80012,1256,75016,12514,7509,00019,750
Atlantic Immigration Program8,5003,0008,80011,5006,00012,50014,5008,50016,500
Federal Economic Public Policies25,00019,50032,750------
Quebec Skilled Workers and Business
Quebec's Economic Immigration---------
Qualified Workers---------
Qualified Workers
selected in the
PEQ Diploma
Other Qualified Workers---------
Business people---------
Other Economics Categories---------
Other Immigrants---------
Total Economic266,210233,000277,250281,135250,000305,000301,250265,000326,000
Spouses, Partners and Children78,00072,00084,00080,00075,00086,00082,00077,00088,000
Parents and Grandparents28,50025,00038,00034,00029,00045,00036,00030,75048,000
Quebec's Family Grouping---------
Total Family106,500100,000118,000114,000105,000130,000118,000107,000135,000
Refugees and Protected Persons
Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad25,00022,00035,00027,00024,00038,00029,00026,00035,000
Resettled Refugees - Government-Assisted23,55018,50030,00021,11516,75026,00015,25012,00017,000
Resettled Refugees - Privately Sponsored27,50520,00029,00027,75022,00029,50028,25023,00030,000
Resettled Refugees - Blended Visa Office-Referred250-400250-400250-1,100
Quebec's Refugees and People in a similar situation
Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad---------
Resettled Refugees - Government-Assisted---------
Sponsored Refugees---------
Recognized Refugees---------
Total Refugees and Protected Persons76,30566,00093,00076,11566,00093,00072,75064,00080,000
Humanitarian and Other
Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other15,98511,00016,75013,7509,00014,5008,0006,5009,000

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